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“Fun outing”
Review of Urban Wine Trail

Urban Wine Trail
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50 reviews
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“Fun outing”
Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

What a fun day. Took thE Amtrak up from Los Angeles for a day of tasting with friends and had a blast. It's a cool locale where you can walk around and taste so e good local wines. My faves were Santa Barbara winery, Kalyra and AVA. But there are a ton of others. In a 6 hour period we tasted at 5 tasting rooms and then walked up State Street to the Wine Bistro (connected to the Santa Barbara winery) for an amazing meal and another glass before hopping on the train home. If you go ask for Jose as your waiter.. He is amazingly friendly and knowledgable.

I gave it a 4 because most of the tasting rooms do not offer food or snack for sale and when you are tasting a lot some cheese, crackers or something helps... There is a little Italian deli about 2 blocks away with a great selections of meats and cheese.....

Visited October 2013
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Camdenton, Missouri
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“Good Way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

I was surprised how many tasting rooms are in the Funk Zone. I did this tour from a cruise ship as we where in port for the day. You can walk to the Funk Zone from the tendered area. I tasted at several rooms and enjoyed learning about the wines in the region. Most employees we encountered made us feel welcomed.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Great way to taste a variety of Santa Barbara Wines!”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is a fantastic way to taste several different varietals of wine from various AVAs within Santa Barbara County without having to head over the hills to the wine country. There are 20+ tasting rooms clustered in the "Funk Zone" and a few new eateries recently opened up in the area - Lucky Penny and The Lark. If you're looking for a slightly less crowded wine tasting experience, head up Anacapa to Grassini Family Vineyards, Margerum and Au Bon Climat - they are part of the Urban Wine Trail, but slightly off the beaten path.

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Good way to taste local wines”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

We visited four of the wineries on the Urban Wine Trail, and it was fun for what it is -- a good way to taste local wines without traveling out to the wineries or vineyards themselves. The tasting rooms themselves are nice, as are some of the employees serving the wine. As in any tasting room, we encountered employees that ranged from friendly and informative (Oreana) to knowledgeable but condescending (Pali). But this is no substitute for actually going to the wine country and experiencing the terroir and seeing the vineyards. We were prepared to buy wine at each place we visited and each place ships wine. Some of the wineries will hold the wine until temperatures in the East moderate, others won't -- the latter should consider doing so.

Visited July 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“More wine-rich areas should do this - extremely sensible”
Reviewed 7 June 2013

Lonely Planet only gives this a passing mention in their Coastal California guide. I made a note of it and thought it was interesting. On arriving at Santa Barbara, we didn't want to risk the idea of driving back from a wine tasting nor did I fancy spending money on a bus/taxi/limo just to get out there and back - perhaps I'm being stingy but for a wine tasting, I am there to spend money on wine but that's just me.

OK so drinking around Santa Barbara is not as scenic as going up to the mountains, touring the winery, mingling with similar minded people and of course tasting wine. That said, Santa Barbara is a pretty scenic place and the total convenience and well-priced wineries with locations in the 'Funk Zone' just makes total sense. We tried three different places: Kalyra, Santa Barbara Winery and Drake (the latter is not on their tour guide but I highly recommend it).

When you're done drinking around the wineries, State Street (the main street in SB) is really active with lots of bars and a wide variety of restaurants. There is also the pier, beach and waterfront at the other end.

This is perfect for a large group or couple to walk around SB, get to know the wines, wineries and the town. It makes perfect sense and perhaps also gives a taster of which winery you would like to see. What's the point in going to a winery where you don't like the wine? This is a sneak preview if nothing else and quite affordable too. Prices vary from $5 for 6 wines and upwards.

Visited June 2013
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